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Wage Protest Closes Bangladesh Garment Factories

November 11, 2013 9:08 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of workers demanding higher pay hurled rocks and sticks at clothing factories and clashed with police who used tear gas against them Monday, bringing fresh scrutiny to working conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry. At least 30 people were reported wounded.

Obama To Pitch U.S. Exports At New Orleans Port

November 8, 2013 2:28 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pushing his case for how to increase jobs, President Barack Obama headed to the Gulf Coast where he was to use the backdrop of the Port of New Orleans to press for more government spending on infrastructure projects that can have ripple effects on employment.  

US Added Unexpectedly Strong 204,000 Jobs In Oct.

November 8, 2013 12:31 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A burst of hiring in October added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs to the economy in a month when the government was partly shut down for 16 days. And employers added far more jobs in August and September than previously thought.     

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UAW Nominates Williams As Its Next President

November 8, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dennis Williams has been the UAW's secretary-treasurer for the last three years. Williams, a Marine Corps veteran, joined the union in 1977 as a welder. He joined the union's national organizing department in 1988 and has negotiated contracts with Mitsubishi, Caterpillar and other companies.

Arm Severed At Seattle Fortune Cookie Factory

November 8, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 55-year-old man's left arm was severed Thursday in an industrial accident at a Seattle fortune cookie company.  Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department says the arm was severed after the man became stuck in a machine up to his chest.   

Report: Boeing Union Leader Criticizes Proposal

November 8, 2013 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of Boeing Co. machinists told hundreds of union workers Thursday night that he will see whether he can stop a vote on a proposed new eight-year contract agreement that Boeing says will determine whether much of its new 777X jet is built in the Puget Sound area, a newspaper reports.

U.S. Economy Grows At Surprising Rate In 3Q

November 7, 2013 1:40 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate from July through September, a surprising acceleration ahead of the 16-day partial government shutdown. But much of the strength came from a buildup in unwanted stockpiles.       

Unemployment Benefit Applications Fall To 336K

November 7, 2013 1:24 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 336,000 last week, bringing applications to pre-recession levels.                           

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KC Plant Will Build 2 New Harley-Davidson Cycles

November 7, 2013 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson says it will build two new lightweight motorcycles at its Kansas City plant, beginning next year.  The new Street 500 and Street 750 models are the company's first lightweight models since the 1970s. The Kansas City plant will build them for U.S. buyers. 

Quartz Manufacturing Company To Build Plant In Ga.

November 6, 2013 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Caesarstone is planning to invest between $70 million and $100 million in the new plant in Richmond Hill — about 20 miles southwest of Savannah. Deal says the company will import raw materials to make new countertops, and will export the finished products from Georgia's ports.

Fiber-Optic Cable Manufacturer Expanding Va. Plant

November 6, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiber-optic cable manufacturer is planning to expand its Culpeper operations, creating 30 jobs.  Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that TE Connectivity Ltd. will invest more than $15 million in the expansion.          

Mich. PMI Shows Sharp Upswing, Continued Growth

November 6, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for Oct. is 63.1, up from 59.9 in Sept., raising the three-month average for the economy to a robust 61.1. A PMI value above 50 generally suggests economic growth.         

Unions Ramp Up Push For Immigration Overhaul

November 6, 2013 2:00 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor unions are spending more than $1 million on new television ads criticizing House Republicans for refusing to back comprehensive immigration reform.                             

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BAE Announces Hundreds Of Shipyard Cuts

November 6, 2013 10:10 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

British defense contractor BAE Systems announced plans to cut some 1,775 jobs at three shipyards Wednesday, ending the building of warships in England for the first time in hundreds of years.                  

Crest Industries Expanding Its Louisiana Presence

November 6, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Crest Industries is expanding its Louisiana presence into Tangipahoa Parish.  The company, along with Gov. Bobby Jindal and LED Secretary Stephen Moret, announced Tuesday it will build a $15 million galvanizing plant to serve customers in the electric utility and petrochemical industries.

Inslee Calls Special Session To Keep 777X In Wash.

November 6, 2013 9:47 am | by Rachel La Corte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Inslee, surrounded by key lawmakers, and officials from Boeing Co. and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said he wants lawmakers to return to Olympia on Thursday and approve the measures — which would likely include tax breaks for Boeing but possibly higher taxes for drivers — in just one week.

CAT To Close W.Va. Highwall Miner Plant

November 5, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. is closing a highwall miner plant in southern West Virginia and moving production to a facility in Pennsylvania.  Caterpillar says its plant in Beckley will close by mid-2014.               

Apple To Open Phoenix-Area Plant, Employ 700

November 5, 2013 9:41 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tech giant Apple Inc. on Monday said it will open a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will eventually employ 700 workers and provide material currently used only in its iPhone 5 cameras and fingerprint reading sensors.

Employers' Wariness Thwarts Many Blind Jobseekers

November 4, 2013 2:19 pm | by David Crary, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Blind people remain largely unwanted in the U.S. workplace, despite technological advances that dramatically boost their capabilities. Only about 24 percent of working-age Americans with visual disabilities had full-time jobs as of 2011, according to Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute.

Kellogg To Cut Jobs, Lowers Outlook

November 4, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg says it plans to trim its global workforce by 7 percent, with the breakfast foods maker citing weaker-than-expected sales for the year.  According to FactSet, Kellogg has 31,000 employees, suggesting the company plans to cut about 2,170 jobs.

Bangladesh To Raise Garment Workers' Minimum Wage

November 4, 2013 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A government-appointed panel in Bangladesh voted Monday to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers to about $66 a month — still the lowest in the world and well below what workers have been seeking.

U.S. Manufacturing Expands At Best Pace In 2½ Years

November 1, 2013 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factory activity expanded in October at the fastest pace in 2½ years, suggesting that the 16-day partial shutdown of the government had little effect on manufacturers.Instead, overseas demand and healthy U.S. auto sales appear to be supporting factory output.

Wal-Mart Announces Plans For Georgia Shoe Plant

November 1, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. say they plan to move production of some shoes from overseas to a manufacturing plant in south Georgia, which they say will create 250 jobs in the state. The retailer on Thursday announced plans for the facility in Hazelhurst, about 100 miles west of Savannah.

Fewer Americans Seek Unemployment Aid For 3rd Week

October 31, 2013 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a sign that employers are laying off very fewer workers.     

Manufacturing Business Sees Opportunity In Detroit

October 31, 2013 9:46 am | by Jeff Glor, CBS | Videos | Comments

Watch manufacturer Shinola is investing in Detroit by hiring and training local workers. CEO Steve Bock hopes to help bring back American manufacturing by investing in what was once America's manufacturing powerhouse. 

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